Wilson, Stuart win commissioner seats

Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 08:01 PM.

Lewis said Sanders was a worthy opponent.

“I have an immense amount of respect for Jimmy and I’ve said that the whole time,” Lewis said. “Jimmy’s done great things for the city. I believe that it is time for my style of leadership to be in charge of the city. I’m glad that I’ve won, but I greatly appreciate all that Jimmy has done for the city.”

Sanders said the voice of the people was clear.

“I got beat. It’s pretty simple, but you know, you hang around as long as I did you are going to make a lot of people mad. Life goes on,” said Sanders, who was seeking a third consecutive term as mayor. “On the positive side, I have no more worries or pressures or concerns. I can enjoy my grandchildren and that’s what I intend to do.”

Lewis said he has learned a great deal from watching Sanders as mayor for the last two terms.

“The way to run a meeting formally, I would have had no clue,” Lewis said. “Jimmy’s been my only man for eight years, so everything I’ve learned about handling all of that I’ve learned from Jimmy and I’ll figure the rest out as I go.”

For the two open commissioner seats, incumbent Jim Stuart was re-elected and newcomer Brenda Wilson will take a seat on the board.

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